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Delhi Pollution: AQI Rises to 266, Concerns Grow Amidst Health Advisory

Discover how Diwali has affected Delhi as the city's air quality worsens, reaching 'poor' category levels.

Delhi Pollution

Delhi Pollution: As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi‘s air quality on the morning of Diwali experienced a slight decrease and stayed in the ‘bad’ category. This morning, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 266 in Anand Vihar, 241 in RK Puram, 233 in Punjabi Bagh, and 227 in ITO.

Absent Rainy Relief on Sunday

In addition, Sunday’s rainy forecast for Delhi is nonexistent. It is anticipated that the minimum and maximum temperatures will remain at 14°C and 28°C, respectively. In the nation’s capital, the total AQI was 220 on Saturday. The event occurred one day after Friday’s rains provided some relief from the smog and air pollution.

Air Quality Index Classification Reminder

On Saturday night, the pollution levels had drastically decreased, but by nightfall, they had returned to their previous levels. At night, Jahangirpuri’s AQI was 251. The classification of an AQI is as follows: 0–50 = “good”, 51–100 = “satisfactory”, 101–200 = “moderate”, 201–300 = “poor”, 301–400 = “very poor”, 401–450 = “severe”, and 450 and above = “severe plus”. Delhi residents have been cautioned to stay away from areas with high levels of air pollution, such as slow-moving, high-traffic roadways, neighbourhoods close to industries that produce pollution, construction or demolition sites, and other similar locations.

Health Department’s Cautionary Advisories

The Delhi health department also issued advisories on Saturday cautioning people against taking walks outside, setting off firecrackers, and being near air pollution. The Delhi government was forced to postpone the introduction of the odd-even scheme for vehicle plying on highways due to the improvement in air quality on Friday. Unfavourable weather patterns, car emissions, burning paddy straw, firecrackers, and other local sources of pollution all contribute to dangerously high wintertime air quality levels in Delhi-NCR.

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